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Levon Helm documentary, 'Ain't in It For My Health,' to screen in Hudson Valley
“Ain’t in It For My Health,” a new documentary about Levon Helm, who drummed and sang as a member of the seminal group The Band, will be screened at Upstate Films in Woodstock on Saturday, April 13 (132 Tinker St., 845-679-6608; upstatefilms.org).
Director Jacob Hatley filmed the Woodstock-based musician, who died of throat cancer at age 71 in April 2012, as Helm wrote and recorded his final album, 2009’s “Electric Dirt.”
"Jacob was the perfect fly on the wall … as we experienced the ups and downs of a wonderful time in all our lives,” said Larry Campbell, Helm’s collaborator and musical director, in a statement. “The result is a rare, artful and honest glimpse into the fascinating world of one of our true American treasures, Levon Helm.”
Tickets to the film, which will screen at 2 p.m., are $20, with the proceeds going toward Upstate Theater’s efforts to convert to digital cinema. A second screening is scheduled for the Upstate Films' Rhinebeck theater on Sunday, April 14 (6415 Montgomery St., 845-876-2515), with the time still to be determined.
On the night of the film's Woodstock screening, a special "Midnight Ramble" concert will take place in Helm's Woodstock barn (160 Plochmann Lane, 845-679-2744; levonhelm.com). The doors open at 5 p.m., and the event will feature a barbecue and another screening of the documentary, as well as a performance and Q&A session with The Levon Helm Band. Tickets are $125 and available for purchase at levonhelm.com.